The 2011 inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame of the Lower Virginia Peninsula are Gary Bodie,
, Vince Brown, William E. "Willie" Brown, Buddy Lex and
The induction banquet will be held in Hampton on May 15, 2011. For more event and ticket information, the public can call (757) 727-8314.
GARY BODIE He is a longtime leader in the area sailing community. Bodie graduated Hampton High School and from California Institute of Technology. He coached at Old Dominion, the Naval Academy and
where his teams won 15 national championships. In 1998, he was named as the United States' Olympic coach and coached the team for three
AARON BROOKS He is a former
quarterback with Green Bay, New Orleans and Oakland. Brooks graduated from Ferguson High School and the
. At Virginia, he was the starting quarterback on the 1998 team that played in the Peach Bowl. He retired in 2007 as the Saints' franchise leader in season and career touchdown passes.
VINCE BROWN The longtime track and field coach at
compiled an outstanding record during his 25 years at the school. Brown's teams won 12 national team championships and 61 individual and relay Division III national titles and his athletes amassed an incredible 444 All-America honors. Before CNU, he coached in Southwestern Virginia at Chilhowie and Blacksburg as well as Hampton High School.
WILLIE BROWN Brown played basketball, football and ran track at Carver High School and the Apprentice School. He became a basketball official who worked games from the high school level to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Brown has been a long-time supporter, volunteer for Virginia
, and has been instrumental in the operation of the
Summer League basketball program for 25 years.
BUDDY LEX Lex graduated from Newport News High School and the
, where he was a triple-threat tailback. In 1949, Lex threw 18 touchdown passes, a national record at that time. Also in 1949, Lex was runner-up to
as the state's athlete of the year. Lex also played basketball in high school and was a two-year starter at William and Mary.
MIKE TOMLIN Tomlin is a graduate of Denbigh High School and the College of William and Mary. He played football at both schools and then began his coaching career. After stops as an assistant coach at VMI and several other colleges, he moved on to the NFL with Tampa Bay and Minnesota. On Jan. 22, 2007, Tomlin was named head coach of the
and in 2008, he coached the Steelers to the